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Top draft pick Connor Bedard’s 2 goals, 2 assists help Blackhawks snap an 8-game losing streak

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning

Nov 9, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Connor Bedard (98) skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

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TAMPA, Fla. — Top draft pick Connor Bedard had his first multi-point game with two goals and two assists as the Chicago Blackhawks snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

The 18-year-old Bedard powered Chicago to its first win over the Lightning since a 4-3 shootout victory on March 5, 2021.

Rookie defenseman Kevin Korchinski and ex-Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Corey Perry also scored for Chicago. Nick Foligno had three assists and Petr Mrazek made 31 saves.

Anthony Cirelli, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos scored for the Lightning, who lost in regulation for the first time in seven home games this season (4-1-2). Jonas Johansson made 24 saves.

The Lightning controlled play for most of the first period, yet the Blackhawks led 4-2 lead at the break.

Cirelli’s one-timer from the slot on the power play at 3:20 put Tampa Bay ahead 1-0. Bedard tied it at 4:42, converting a pass from Philip Kurashev.

Kucherov, who entered the game with an NHL-leading 22 points, put the Lightning back in front at 12:31.

The Blackhawks closed the period with three goals in 3:07. Korchinski tied it at 16:43 with his first NHL goal, Bedard set up Johnson’s score at 17:38 and got credit for his second goal of the night and seventh of the season at 19:52 when a rebound of his shot hit Cirelli and slid past Johansson.

Perry tipped in Bedard’s shot on a power play 2:12 into the second period for a 5-2 lead. Stamkos scored with 2:10 remaining in regulation.


Blackhawks: Visit Florida Panthers on Sunday afternoon.

Lightning: Host Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.